Why do I have to answer the question “Oh, do you sign?” after I have said, in immaculate spoken language, that I am hard of hearing?
Why did the DVO assume I sign and schedule me with the deaf counselor when I called via relay?
Why do prospective employers ask if I will need an interpreter?
Why do websites which talk about employment issues for the “deaf and hard of hearing” usually limit the discussion to the availability of sign language interpreters?
Why did the audiology students in my doctor’s office keep using rudimentary sign with me, even after I heard the audiologist with my eyes CLOSED?
Why is that when I say “I am hearing impaired” for the sake of the many many people who do not recognize the term “hard of hearing”, people assume I am deaf?
Why is there no discussion on the specific difficulties of hard of hearing people?